The Belgo Report » Review http://www.thebelgoreport.com News and reviews of art exhibitions in the Belgo Building Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:12:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.9 Cities by the Rivers at SBC Gallery http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2015/11/cities-by-the-rivers-at-sbc-gallery/ http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2015/11/cities-by-the-rivers-at-sbc-gallery/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 01:29:57 +0000 http://www.thebelgoreport.com/?p=5296 Anna Boghiguian
Cities by the Rivers
SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art
October 31, 2015 – January 16, 2016
www.sbcgallery.ca

In a fifth floor gallery on Saint Catherine Street, a honey bee rests on the beak of a paper bird. Its wings flicker, antennae quiver, but no one will harm the creature: through January 16, SBC Gallery is the bee’s space perhaps more than it is ours. In “Cities by the Rivers,” artist Anna Boghiguian transports us to Egypt, India, Ethiopia and Brazil through an ambrosia-scented living diary of her thoughts and encounters.

With closed eyes, the trellis of honeycombs deceives us to imagine lands exotic and far from where we stand in downtown Montreal. With eyes open Boghiguian shows us experiences specific to her and her interpretations. The trellis is a wooden frame with plates of honeycombs and glass, some pressing dried leaves and some with paintings done in beeswax on rough, torn paper. The raised wax technique makes her dark figures, Modigliani-esque portraits of military men baring crude pink teeth, more tangible. Like visiting a garden in an unknown place, we want to touch stems and ridges and veins in order to understand.

More of these pages rest on shelves, lie on tables, stand as cut-outs on wooden poles, and hang from string. These act as the characters of Boghiguian’s play as we move through the trajectory of her travels in miniature. The paper bird is one of the many cut-outs around the periphery of the gallery. These figures, officers rendered in beeswax or children cut from French newspaper, make shadows on the wall. The shape of two men and a camel becomes the backdrop of a line tracing Africa to Belgium to Italy to North America. This line is part of the writing scrawled across the gallery– in black and pepto-bismol pink Boghiguian tells a story of her journey and a lineage of humanity. The words “ganga,” “impose,” and “goddess” are commanding. She speaks frankly about revolution and conquest, and we wonder how this connects to more ambiguous pieces in the show (the fallen disco ball, for example).

Examining the details of the exhibition, there is a literal layering that mimics the complexity of origin. Some of Boghiguian’s beeswax pieces include elements of collage, like a tiny photograph of a nautilus shell taped to the page. A table showcases photographs and postcards paperclipped to paintings with the spiral notebook fringe still intact. These feel ‘in progress.’ There is the idea that it is impossible to unveil the full story of a history and that this is Boghiguian’s way of making some sense of it; it doesn’t have to look ‘finished.’

“Cities by the Rivers” is a story of journey, for an individual and for humanity. Boghiguian invites us to witness the reflections of an artist in transit, and to pause in the ephemeral like a honey bee on a paper bird.


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Never Look Back: Joyful Rebellion at Galerie Laroche/Joncas http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2012/08/never-look-back-joyful-rebellion-at-galerie-larochejoncas/ http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2012/08/never-look-back-joyful-rebellion-at-galerie-larochejoncas/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2012 19:40:50 +0000 http://www.thebelgoreport.com/?p=2987 Jean-Philippe Harvey
Jean-Philippe Harvey

Never Look Back is a group painting show by three young artists based in Quebec City. Jean-Philippe Harvey, who has exhibited with Galerie Laroche/Joncas before, is here in the company of friends and studio mates Adam Bergeron and Olivier Hébert.

Jean-Philippe Harvey’s paintings demonstrate the influence of hip hop and youth culture, as he works their imagery and iterations into his loose and expressive washes and brushwork. If traces of Cy Twombly seem to drift across Harvey’s large canvas on the gallery’s office wall, the scrawled words, tags and signs that are common currency in hip-hop and skater culture are unquestionably of our time. His more recent works, such as “Super Rich,” involve clippings of imagery culled from pop culture remediated with graffiti-like paint application, as well as “labelled” with obscenities and ghetto slang.

Olivier Hébert has produced a series of dark paintings overlaid with layers of canvas roadkill. A large monochrome on the wall opposite the gallery entrance anchors his smaller pieces and the surrounding works of his colleagues; I found myself looking at it for some time. The insistence on the material surface seems to make reference, without the usual reverence, to the formalist tradition.

The works of Adam Bergeron, whose practice extends also to music and performance, bear resemblance to the legacy of Abstract Expressionism, but with floating lattice-like grids of spray-acrylic colour, a popular medium of graffiti artists, his paintings have newness. The lightness of his paintings offer a counterbalance to those of Hébert, and their quietness is a nice contrast to the cacophony of Harvey’s.

In a sense, the exhortation of the title “Never Look Back” suggests a state of impossibility. The cultural force of art history inevitably manifests itself, in both formal tendencies and in explicit cases, such as a newspaper image of Jackson Pollock’s dark silhouette, collaged on canvas. But these references are ephemeral rather than central.

If we are refused the comforts of the past, we can’t really look forward either. Deploying a post-punk no-future ethos, the clichéd and obscene text and images amid a riot of colour and wash (Harvey), the flat, matte, defiled surfaces (Hébert), and unpainterly paintings (Bergeron) do not suggest a way out. But it is an energetic kind of nihilism that speaks to youthful creativity, hammering away at the present and making for its own sake.

A collective exhibition that was produced in the same studio is compelling because there is a sense that we are a step closer to the creative process. These paintings are automatically connected, but still distinct. It is the wondering about how this occurs that makes this rowdy show a worthwhile expedition.

Galerie Laroche/Joncas, space
Adam Bergeron, Jean-Philippe Harvey, Olivier Hébert
Never Look Back
July 25 – September 1, 2012
www.larochejoncas.com

 


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Objets de tous les désirs à la Galerie SAS http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2012/08/objets-de-tous-les-desirs-a-la-galerie-sas/ http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2012/08/objets-de-tous-les-desirs-a-la-galerie-sas/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 22:12:08 +0000 http://www.thebelgoreport.com/?p=2962 Galerie SAS

L’exposition Objets de tous les désirs présentée en ce moment à la Galerie SAS joue avec la banalité, l’ingéniosité, l’instabilité et la dangerosité, même, de l’objet dans une série d’œuvres d’artistes québécois de talent. Elle questionne aussi notre rapport à celui-ci, que l’on peut vénérer ou tout simplement utiliser pour ses qualités propres, mais qui peut tour à tour créer malaise, nostalgie, dégoût ou encore réconfort. Bref, Objets de tous les désirs présente la chose de tous les jours sous toutes ses coutures et en ressort une série de déclinaisons toutes aussi intéressantes les unes que les autres.

D’abord, en posant le premier pied dans la galerie, on est tout de suite saisi par l’œuvre en impression numérique The Good Life Guide (2003) de Shelley Miller où sont regroupés des items associés à la vie mondaine (voiture de sport, souliers de golf, cigare, etc.), mais entièrement faits de gâteau. L’ensemble prend un aspect de nature morte classique, le luxe mangeable remplaçant les traditionnels fruits et fleurs. Plus loin, Chloé Desjardins (qui avait d’ailleurs présenté une superbe exposition au CDex à la fin de l’année dernière) se questionne sur le cadre de présentation de l’objet dans une série de trois sculptures utilisant l’emballage du produit pour susciter la curiosité et modifier notre perception de la présence physique de l’œuvre. Guillaume Labrie expose quant à lui des objets du quotidien tronqués ou assemblés, dont Les complices (2012), enchevêtrement bien maîtrisé et pas banal du tout d’une pelle et d’un balai, et Karine Payette, avec Light in the box (2012), se sert d’objets du même acabit pour créer une structure tournante hétéroclite où tout semble en équilibre précaire. Payette explore aussi ce thème dans Instabilité 1 (2011), œuvre constituée d’un bibelot semblant prêt à tomber d’une étagère bringuebalante.

Dans une petite salle en retrait, Patrick Bérubé installe brillamment son malaise avec deux pièces tridimensionnelles utilisant la taxidermie, soit un sac de plastique rempli de canetons et un chat devant son propre reflet dans le miroir. Ici, Bérubé crée un savant mélange de dégoût et de réconfort face à ces petites bêtes d’ordinaire si mignonnes et attendrissantes et parvient aussi à suggérer la dangerosité de l’objet avec son installation La pelote (2011), sorte de guet-apens pour chaton enjoué.

Plus loin, les travaux photographiques de Laurent Craste et de Peter Gnass impressionnent et poussent toujours plus loin le thème de l’exposition. Le premier explore la vénération et le fétiche avec un triptyque présentant un homme léchant des objets de porcelaine et le second présente pour sa part des objets emprisonnés (morceaux de métal, thermomètre, etc.), coincés par un élément de la nature, en l’occurrence le platane.

Objets de tous les désirs vise donc juste dans sa quête d’exploiter toute « l’importance et la puissance artistique actuelle de l’objet. » 1 Les pièces choisies ont une vie en dehors de l’exposition de groupe, il en est certain, mais leur regroupement est habilement exécuté, ce qui donne lieu à d’intéressants questionnements. Bref, c’est à voir et c’est à la Galerie SAS pour encore quelques jours. Je vous suggère fortement d’aller y jeter un œil.

1Tiré du communiqué de presse de l’exposition rédigé par Christelle Proulx.

Galerie SAS, espace 416
Guillaume Labrie, Karine Payette, Éric Cardinal, Chloé Desjardins, Patrick Bérubé, Shelley Miller, Peter Gnass, Laurent Craste, Véronique La Perrière M., Catherine Bolduc.
Objets de tous les désirs
7 juin au 25 août 2012
www.galeriesas.com


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Belgo Review 2011 – December Favourite: Harlan Johnson at Espace Robert Poulin http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2012/01/belgo-review-2011-december-favourite-harlan-johnson-at-espace-robert-poulin/ http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2012/01/belgo-review-2011-december-favourite-harlan-johnson-at-espace-robert-poulin/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:22:33 +0000 http://www.thebelgoreport.com/?p=2250 Harlan Johnson at Espace Robert Poulin
Puits 2

BELGO REVIEW 2011
December Favourite

Harlan Johnson
exhibition: Show de Groupe
Espace Robert Poulin
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Belgo Review 2011 – November Favourite: Davide Bertocchi at Galerie Pangée http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2012/01/belgo-review-2011-november-favourite-davide-bertocchi-at-galerie-pangee/ http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2012/01/belgo-review-2011-november-favourite-davide-bertocchi-at-galerie-pangee/#comments Sun, 08 Jan 2012 14:10:45 +0000 http://www.thebelgoreport.com/?p=2246 Davide Bertocchi at Galerie Pangée
Spazio

BELGO REVIEW 2011
November Favourite

Davide Bertocchi
exhibition: Empirical Resolution Attempts
Galerie Pangée
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Belgo Review 2011 – October Favourite: Mauricio Limón at Laroche/Joncas http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2012/01/belgo-review-2011-october-favourite-mauricio-limon-at-larochejoncas/ http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2012/01/belgo-review-2011-october-favourite-mauricio-limon-at-larochejoncas/#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2012 13:19:19 +0000 http://www.thebelgoreport.com/?p=2242 Mauricio Limón at Laroche/Joncas
'Untitled' (naked man with suits)

BELGO REVIEW 2011
October Favourite

Mauricio Limón
exhibition: Versus
Galerie Laroche/Joncas
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Belgo Review 2011 – August Favourite: Kirsten McCrea at Maison Kasini http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2012/01/belgo-review-2011-august-favourite-kirsten-mccrea-at-maison-kasini/ http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2012/01/belgo-review-2011-august-favourite-kirsten-mccrea-at-maison-kasini/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2012 14:05:08 +0000 http://www.thebelgoreport.com/?p=2235 Kirsten McCrea at Maison Kasini

BELGO REVIEW 2011
August Favourite

Kirsten McCrea
exhibition: Hot Topic
Maison Kasini
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Belgo Review 2011 – July Favourite: Pierre Gallais at Circa http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2012/01/belgo-review-2011-july-favourite-pierre-gallais-at-circa/ http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2012/01/belgo-review-2011-july-favourite-pierre-gallais-at-circa/#comments Sun, 01 Jan 2012 14:29:14 +0000 http://www.thebelgoreport.com/?p=2224 Pierre Gallais at Circa

BELGO REVIEW 2011
July Favourite

Pierre Gallais
exhibition: MatHerialisation
Centre d’exposition Circa
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Belgo Review 2011 – June Favourite: Laurent Craste at Galerie SAS http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2011/12/belgo-review-2011-june-favourite-laurent-craste-at-galerie-sas/ http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2011/12/belgo-review-2011-june-favourite-laurent-craste-at-galerie-sas/#comments Sat, 31 Dec 2011 14:11:43 +0000 http://www.thebelgoreport.com/?p=2218 Laurent Craste at Galerie SAS
left: Épinglé 2, right: Vase Saint-Sébastien

BELGO REVIEW 2011
June Favourite

Laurent Craste
exhibition: Sculpture – Ludisme
Galerie [SAS]
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Belgo Review 2011 – May Favourite: Kent Monkman at PFOAC http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2011/12/belgo-review-2011-may-favourite-kent-monkman-at-pfoac/ http://www.thebelgoreport.com/2011/12/belgo-review-2011-may-favourite-kent-monkman-at-pfoac/#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:23:46 +0000 http://www.thebelgoreport.com/?p=2213 Kent Monkman at PFOAC
East vs West

BELGO REVIEW 2011
May Favourite

Kent Monkman
exhibition: The Atelier
Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain
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